"You're going to L.A? Why? You'll get bored!" remarked a friend on the east coast, before my very first visit to L.A, "you should visit New York instead." And though I love New York, there's something about Los Angeles that will have me coming back, again and again.
It's been about twenty years since I last found myself inside notorious theatrical hangout Joe Allen and it's a compliment to say that it's barely changed.
So, as you may have read in my last blog, I have just returned from Rio De Janeiro. Holy Maloney that's a place and a half! It's NOT good to be back if I'm honest.
I've got just the ideas for outrageous spooky treats to go alongside your festive fun. Get inspired by these ideas that are perfect for children's parties, giving out as treats or for you to gobble up yourself.
Well well well, it turns out that Smash Chips are pretty goddam amazing! Light, crunchy, fluffy; all kinds of win... the chicken is also gloriously awesome: flavourful, crunchy, nom nom nom.
Jamie answered the question on the lips of households across the globe - how do you make the perfect fluffy rice? The answer is just a click away and before you say it, yes that is a very large teaspoon...
Fat-free does not mean healthy, it's generally pretty much the opposite. Low fat milk, diet yoghurts, margarine, fat-free mayonnaise & 'healthy whole grains' is what has been preached to the public for a number of years now. Since that began people have become fatter & sicker. Heart disease, obesity & diabetes have increased.
Ever had Reece's Peanut Butter Cups?!? If not, you have not lived! They are delicious- if you love chocolate and peanut butter..
As the clocks go back - signalling the official start of autumn - Blighty benefits from a whole extra hour on Sunday 27 October. So this weekend forget lying in and get out and embrace that extra hour, with a whole host of hour-long activities that can be enjoyed with friends.
My husband is firmly of the belief that almost any dish can be improved by the addition of chillies. Ideally lots of chillies... One of our standbys is chilli jelly and this year for the first time we've made sweet chilli sauce.
Greek food has not enjoyed the greatest of reputations - lowlights include greasy Moussaka, fatty Kebabs and Retsina wines that taste of turpentine. But it deserves better than that. Now the island of Santorini has declared 2013 as the year of gastronomy and is showcasing its unique products.
"Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking" has a mind-boggling scope. It isn't only about recipes and tastes. It is also about culinary habits, traditions and government policies.
There is something about the spirit of Manchester that welcomes you right in. I'm not sure if it's the cosy bars, the music-mad locals, the ease in being able to walk everywhere, or the Mancunian accent (I love the accent), but each time I visit something draws me further into the heart of this city and now, I find it difficult to leave.
It's almost Halloween time again and that got me randomly thinking about national treasure Katie Hopkins. She is a media sensation who is most noteworthy for her very forthright views on just about everything...
What of the cows that we do not see? Those with little or no access to those fields, those who are tethered and those who are pushed to their limits by excessive milk production? This may not be a familiar image to many of us, but it is the stark reality for a shockingly high proportion of dairy cows across Europe.
Call me a curmudgeon, but I have never been able to fathom the baking craze. Not that I don't hold in high esteem the skill and talent required. But behind this refined, sugary, lardy, high-carb cooking spree that has become our national obsession, all these floury delights and their cheap mass production imitations are making everyone bigger.